Eddie Check® and the Provision CARES Foundation Team Up for Blood Drive and Free PSA Screenings
Available at 12 Different East Tennessee locations across 10 counties on September 15 & 16.
Unbelievably, One in seven men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime – and one in 39 will die from it. Prostate cancer is second only to skin cancer as the most common cancer in American men and second only to lung cancer as the leading cancer-based cause of death in American men. The American Cancer Society estimates that in the U.S. during 2016, about 180,890 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed and 26,120 men will die from it.
But there’s still good news. If prostate cancer is caught early, the 5-year survival rate is nearly 100%. The numbers say it all: Get tested! Prostate cancer is rare before age 40, so if you are 40 or older, the first step is a free, simple PSA screening that only requires a blood sample. “PSA” stands for prostate-specific antigen, a protein produced by prostate cells. The PSA test is done to help diagnose and follow prostate cancer in men. No certain PSA level is called normal or abnormal, and an elevated level does not mean you have prostate cancer – only a biopsy can diagnose cancer. Always discuss PSA test results with your doctor and be sure to have a digital rectal exam (DRE), as about 6% of men with prostate cancer continue to have normal PSA.
In 2004, Rockford-based Nisus Corporation, a manufacturer of green products for the pest control and wood preservation industries, teamed up with area hospitals and MEDIC Regional Blood Center to create Eddie Check, an annual event that adds free PSA screening for prostate cancer to blood drives. It was a simple strategy using MEDIC’s already existing resources to make it fast and easy for men to get a blood sample drawn for the screening. Nisus has a personal stake in the fight; marketing vice president Jim Gorman is a prostate cancer survivor, while company president Kevin L. Kirkland lost his father, Eddie Kirkland, to the disease. In fact, “Eddie Check” is named for Eddie Kirkland.
Once again, Nisus, MEDIC and the Provision Center for Proton Therapy join with sponsors WIVK FM 107.7, Sports Radio WNML 99.1 FM & 990 AM, NewsTalk 98.7 FM, the Knoxville News Sentinel, WBIR, WVLT, Rip Noel Studios (media production) and Abacus Arts, Inc. (web hosting and design).
Eddie Check will be held at nine locations on Thursday and eight on Friday (12 different locations) in 10 east Tennessee counties including Knox, Cumberland, Blount, Anderson, Cocke, McMinn, Roane, Scott, Hamblen and Loudon. Blood samples for PSA screening will be taken at every location during all hours, even if you don’t donate blood. This free PSA screening is available for men 40 years of age or older, or in the event of family history at an age 10 years younger than the affected relative’s age at his cancer onset.
FREE MEDIC “TAIL GATE” T-SHIRT AND CHOLESTEROL EVALUATION FOR BLOOD DONORS! No fasting necessary. One donation per year exempts you and your IRS dependents from paying blood supplier processing fees at any U.S. hospital. Donors must have a positive I.D. Donations may be used for one of the following: • Your own coverage • replacement • substitution • your own additional coverage • blanket coverage.
Sites and Locations
Thursday, September 15
- MEDIC Headquarters, 1601 Ailor Ave., Knoxville, 8:00 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Phil Williams News/Talk 98.7 FM remote, 6:00-10:00 a.m. & Sports Talk Radio WNML Remote 3:00-7:00 p.m.
- MEDIC Donor Center-Farragut, 11000 Kingston Pike (behind Pittsburgh Paints), 7:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
- MEDIC Crossville, 79 South Main St. (across from the Palace Theater), 12:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. CDT
- Provision Center for Proton Therapy, 6450 Provision Cares Way, Knoxville (Bloodmobile), 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Gunner WIVK FM remote, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. & Hallerin Hill News/Talk 98.7 FM remote, 3:00-7:00 p.m.
- Walmart-Oneida, 19740 Alberta St., Oneida (Bloodmobile), 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
- Books-A-Million/Oak Ridge, 310 S. Illinois Ave. (Bloodmobile), 11:00 a.m.-700 p.m.
- Walmart-Morristown, 475 S. Davy Crockett Pkwy. (Bloodmobile), 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
- Walmart-Lenior City, 911 Hwy. 321 North (Bloodmobile), 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
Friday, September 16
- MEDIC Headquarters, 1601 Ailor Ave., Knoxville, 8:00 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
- MEDIC Donor Center-Farragut, 11000 Kingston Pike (behind Pittsburgh Paints), 6:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
- MEDIC Crossville, 79 South Main St. (across from the Palace Theater), 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. CDT
- Provision Center for Proton Therapy, 6450 Provision Cares Way, Knoxville (Bloodmobile), 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Phil Williams News/Talk 98.7 FM remote, 6:00-10:00 a.m.
- New Midland Plaza/Alcoa, 232 S. Calderwood St. (Bloodmobile), 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Gunner WIVK FM remote, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
- Walmart-Newport, 1075 Cosby Hwy. (Bloodmobile), 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
- Lowe’s/Athens, 1751 South Congress Pkwy. (Bloodmobile), 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
- Lowe’s/Harriman, 1800 Roane State Hwy. (Bloodmobile), 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.